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To Decarbonize Transportation, MnDOT Needs To Challenge Itself To Reduce VMT

Just this past week, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) released a report entitled “Pathways to Decarbonizing Transportation” that models various ways for the state to achieve its climate goals. These goals were set in the Next Generation Energy Act (NGEA) that was passed in 2007 and signed by Governor Tim Pawlenty (!!!). Minnesota aimed […]

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Reader Survey Results: Economics of Amtrak from Minneapolis to Duluth

On March 27, we posted about the numbers surrounding the proposed $600 million investment to bring Amtrak rail service along a corridor between Minneapolis and Duluth. Many of you shared your stories of rail and bus travel, and many expressed a deep appreciation for the comfort and conveniences of travel by rail. To learn more, I created a […]

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Sunday Summary – September 23, 2018

Happy Autumn (as of 8:54 pm last night). will be at Open Streets again this Sunday (for which we’ve arranged cooler weather, you’re welcome) – this time on Nicollet – why not stop by and see us. We also have another urban scavenger hunt photo challenge (complete with valuable prizes) to help you get […]

Five Reasons to Love Saint Paul’s Ford Site Plans

When you teach urban geography, you inevitably come across the concept of “post-Fordism.” The term refers to the shifting economic and geographic arrangements that followed in the wake of globalization, automation, and technological revolutions. The concept is best illustrated by the  transformation of the auto industry in places like Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and elsewhere in […]

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Sunday Summary – November 8, 2015

In the last week, we’ve observed Election Day (Saint Paul City Council Ward 2 election results still not quite settled), Guy Fawkes Day (410th Anniversary of the foiled Gunpowder Plot), and the House passed a $325 billion Transportation Bill (but doesn’t quite know where all the money will come from). The last week on also saw […]

Sunday Summary – May 31, 2015

It’s the last day of May, students are graduating, kids at the school bus stop are wearing shorts and counting days…yes, it’s almost summer.  But after a little Memorial Day lull, we here at are back at work bringing you perspective on the news of the day, some fun, and some big picture thinking; […]

Sunday Summary – March 29, 2015

Marching out of March and into April, here’s the week on beginning with March Madness, of course. So, while you should be working and March Madness is not yet a national holiday, use the commercial breaks from March Madness (the basketball variety) to keep up with streets.m(ad)n(ess) and this week’s round 2 results:  Policy & Potpourri and Development & Transportation. Bikes […]

Sunday Summary – March 8, 2015

Since it is March with its basketball madness, is looking to create its own March tournament bracket with streets.m(ad)n(ess) – Call for Nominations.  Commenters have been nominating a variety of projects and developments, but the Green Line seems to be an early favorite. Current events Putting the Target Layoffs Into Perpsective defuses panic following the news […]